NOS First International Conference Program

 The Network of Oromo Studies First International Conference, London

Oromo Studies: The Past, Present and its Future Contributions to Socio-Political Narratives in Oromia, Ethiopia and the Horn.

Date: 17-18 Dec, 2016

Time: 10am-5pm

Venue: University of East London,

1 Water Lane

E15 4LZ

  Saturday 17 December 2016

10:00-10:45am: Registration and Reception

10:45-11:15: Opening Session

Welcome and Introduction of the Program:        Mr Gosaye Fida, NOS Deputy Director, Department of Public Health local government in London

Blessing from Elders and OC-UK Representative’s Remark

Opening Remark: Dr Gizaw Tasissa, NOS Director, London Metropolitan University

11: 15-11: 45: Keynote Speech,

Professor Emeritus Mekuria Bulcha, Nordic African Institute.

Chair: Mr Gosaye Fida, Department of public health, local government in London.

11:45- 12:45: Panelists

Chair: Dr Feyisa Dame

  • Dr Elfneh U. Bariso, College of North East and Enfield and Mr Eebbaa Elfineh, Parliament School; Oromo Orature as a Source of History.
  • Dr Edgardo Pizzolo Mcpherson, Education Constitutional Movements: Possible Lessons for Oromia.

12:45-13:30: Lunch Break, Poster and Book Exhibitions

 13:30- 15:00: Panelists

Chair: Dr Alemayehu Kumsa

  • Dr Trevor Truman, Keynote Speech; Oromo Support Group (OSG).
  • Professor Dennis Smith, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Loughborough University UK; Globalisation, the Hidden Agenda.
  • Dr Gemechu Guye, Independent Researcher; The Curiosity and Surprise of Gadaa System in Global Political Economy.

15:00-15:15: Break, Poster and Book Exhibitions

15:15 – 16:45: Panelists

Chair: Mr Gosaye Fida, Department of public health, local government in London

  • Mr Beekan Gulumma, University of Massachusetts, Gaaffii Dhaloota Qubee: Diddaa Hanga Fincilaatti (The Quest of Qubee Generation: From Resistance to Revolution).
  • Dr Alemyehu Kumsa, Charles University in Prague, Oromo National Memory.
  • Dr Belletech Deressa/Presenter Ms Addisalem Deressa, The Role of Women in Society, and their Participation in the Liberation Movement and Emerging Political System.

16:45-16.55: Announcements, Poster and Book Exhibitions and Networking 

Sunday 18 December 2016

10:00- 10:30: Registrations and Reception

10:30-10:45: Welcome and Introduction

10:45-11:45: Panelists:

Chair: Dr Elfineh U. Bariso

  • Dr Bersisa Berri, Knowledge Management Researcher and International Consultant, university of Birmingham; Indigenous Knowledge Management and its significance in improving Human Development in Developing Countries, Oromo in focus.
  • Miss Kristy Evers and Mr Sachkartar Singh Bhogal, Institute of Education, UCL; Teaching as a Design Science’: Blended Learning and the Conversational Framework.

11:45-12:13:00: Poster and Book Exhibitions, lunch break

13:00- 14:00:


Chair: Mr Nagasa Garba

  • Mr Hailu Negero; independent researcher; What makes some nations rich and the rest stay poor?
  •  Dibaba Amele, Independent Researcher; Why Ethnic Tyranny has persisted in Ethiopia?

14:05- 15:05: Panelists:

Chair:  Dr Zelalem Benti

  • Dr Kebede Hordofa, University of Oslo; Perspectives on Standardization of Afaan Oromo.
  • Zelealem Aberra, independent research; Resistance Literature in Oromo Struggle.

15:05- 15:45:  Break , Poster and Book Exhibitions

15:45 – 17:00

Chair: Dr Gizaw Tasissa

NOS Business Meeting











17:00-17:15 Closing







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